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June 12, 2007

Myanmar leader meets China-ASEAN association delegation
First Secretary of the Myanmar State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) and Acting Prime Minister Lieutenant-General Thein Sein met with visiting delegation of the China-ASEAN Association, led by its President Gu Xiulian, in the new capital of Nay Pyi Taw June 12.

Gu is also vice-Chairwoman of the Standing Committee of China's National People's Congress and president of the All-China Women's Federation. The two sides expressed wishes to further strengthen the exchange and cooperation in multi-sectors at different levels and to enhance the consolidation and development of the two countries' neighborly, friendly and cooperative ties.

Thein Sein said Myanmar and China are friendly neighbors with the two countries' bilateral ties developing smoothly. He believed that through the delegation's visit, the exchange and cooperation between such organization as the Union Solidarity and Development Association (USDA) and the China-ASEAN Association are bound to be further strengthened and will also contribute to the development of the Myanmar-China friendly ties.

At the meeting, Gu said with the traditional friendship between China and Myanmar since ancient time, there has been continuous reciprocal visits between the two countries at high level, strengthening mutual trust politically and cooperation economically, adding that the two countries also coordinated the stance in consonance dealing with international and regional affairs.

Gu briefed that the China-ASEAN Association was established in August 2004 with the aim of opening up people-to-people contacts to serve government's foreign relations so as to enhance the friendship, exchange and cooperation between the peoples of China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

She noted that since the founding the China-ASEAN Association, it has sponsored several activities such as reception in celebration of the 55th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Myanmar and meetings of friendly organizations among peoples of China and ASEAN.

She added that the association would continue to play an active role in the development of the China-ASEAN relations. Present at the meeting were Chinese Ambassador to Myanmar Guan Mu and several Myanmar government ministers.

During her stay in Yangon, Gu had also met separately with USDA Secretary-General U Htay Oo with the two sides expressing wishes to strengthen the exchange and cooperation between the two associations and signing a memorandum of understanding on such cooperation. Gu also met with the Yangon Mayor, Nay Pyi Taw Mayor and responsible official of the Myanmar Women's Affairs Federation.

The China-ASEAN association delegation arrived in Yangon on Sunday on a four-day goodwill visit to Myanmar at the invitation of the USDA. It was the first time that the Chinese association organized visits to ASEAN countries including Myanmar. The delegation also includes an over-20-member business study group. Xinhua

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